8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Detroit

few
hours
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): walk around Balboa Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary builder .

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in May, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Fun & Games Parks
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Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and finally stop by Chocolate Maya.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards
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Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio ©
Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in May: highs in Monterey hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Visit Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Vernal Fall for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
North Dome ©
North Dome

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